Protect Your Children’s Minds

While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name … I protected them …. John 17:12 (TEV)

Children are not mini-adults, and we need to protect the innocence of our children as they're growing up.

Jesus guarded the disciples’ spiritual growth by protecting their minds. It is your job, as a father and spiritual leader, to protect their innocence. This is a huge task today in the culture we live in. Children are not mini-adults, and we need to protect the innocence of our children as they are growing up.

When our three kids were growing up, Kay and I were very strict with what movies they could see, what TV programs they could watch, what books and magazines they could read.  We got all kinds of grief from our kids for it.

When they were little, and could only see a ‘G’-rated movie, they would say, “We want to go see this PG movie!” When they got a little bit older, they would say, “We want to go see this ‘PG-13’ movie!”  We’d say, “You can when you’re older, but right now you’re not going to see it.” And they ruthlessly criticized us: “Dad! Mom! You guys are so narrow-minded!  You’re the only parents in the entire universe who are not letting their kids see this movie!!”

It is amazing to me how Christian parents let their kids, even teenagers, see all kinds of things they have no business seeing.  We should care about their minds.  My three kids have grown up, and they are happy, well-adjusted kids.  Why?  Their minds weren’t filled with garbage growing up; their minds weren’t filled with vulgarities growing up.  They’re going to be exposed to that soon enough in life. They don’t need it at a young age.  You protect what goes into their mind.

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Raising Your Kids - Take a look at this new curriculum from Saddleback Resources: Raising Your Kids without Raising Your Blood Pressure

John Piper and Rick Warren on Doctrine - A few weeks ago, respected author and speaker John Piper asked Rick Warren to address the concerns some critics have expressed about The Purpose Driven Life. John based the interview on 20 pages of notes, asking in-depth questions related to specific statements from the book.

Why is The Purpose Driven Life more theocentric than Christocentric? What role the Holy Spirit has in our transformation? How do we bring glory to God? If Rick wrote The Purpose Driven Life today, what would he change or clarify? We thought you would be interested in the interview, so we have linked to it here.

If you would like to learn more about biblical doctrine, look into Foundations at Saddleback Resources.

This devotional is copyrighted 2011 by Rick Warren. Used by permission.


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